Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s collection of independent, characterful hotels, welcomed The Slaak Rotterdam to its roster following a transformation of the iconic ‘Het Slaakhuys’ building, originally designed by Dutch architect Jo Vegter in 1952. The architecturally significant landmark was home to the Dutch newspaper Het Vrije Volk (The Free People) until 1976. The building’s rich history associated with print has inspired the design and concept for the 74-room boutique hotel.
The interior design was overseen by Dutch firm HDVL and blends a sleek, modern aesthetic with standout design features referencing the bold architecture of the reconstruction period in Rotterdam. A color palette of greens and yellows blends with classic materials such as marble, wood and brass throughout the property, evoking the flair and freedom of the 1950’s. The Slaak Rotterdam embraces the grandeur of ’50’s culture in Rotterdam and pays homage to the historic time period with its concrete parasol-shaped entrance area, raw brick surfaces, large open spaces, natural stone and use of mosaics. While the expansive, characterful lobby welcomes guests upon arrival, a stunning bronze bar is the centerpiece of the hotel’s captivating design.
Quirky, residential-style guest rooms feature bespoke, handmade furniture including solid wood tables, and eye-catching wall murals. The guest experience is made more seamless with the addition of mobile check-in and mobile key entry. Private balconies can be found in 13 of The Slaak Executive rooms and The Slaak Suites, with fantastic views over Rotterdam.
Located in the Kralingen-West neighborhood, a dynamic residential district, the hotel aims to establish itself as a vibrant hotspot for guests and locals with regular Jazz34 nights and On The Records vinyl sessions, recalling the hotel’s 1950’s past. Restaurant and Bar Didot34, named after the ‘Het Vrije Volk’ typography, offers a day-to-night scene for locals and visitors to co-work, meet and socialize. From an open kitchen, chefs serve an international all-day menu of small plates and creative cocktails.
✅ free WiFi • 74 rooms (23-34m2) (247-366 sq ft) • hotel opened: June 2019 • interior design: HDVL (Hilversum) • 24-hour front desk • private parking available (charged) • pets allowed